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US Federal Judge Takes Wikileaks.org Down

It’ll be interesting to see how this resolves:

A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.

Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says.

The case was brought by a Swiss bank after “several hundred” documents were posted about its offshore activities.

Other versions of the pages, hosted in countries such as Belgium and India, can still be accessed.

Wikileaks, in case you’ve never heard of it, has been gaining profile as the place to put information that someone is trying to keep under cover:

The site was founded in 2006 by dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and technologists from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

It so far claims to have published more than 1.2 million documents.

Here’s a mirror of the Wikileaks site. A bit popular, at the moment.

Update: here’s a list of all the various “cover names” for the Wikileaks site.  Clearly, the court didn’t have the first idea of how these things work.

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4 Comments

  1. As was said in the DK diary, the judge, not knowing better, ordered the DNS entries removed. This leaves the IP version completely like it was.

    I don’t have the numbers here, but it starts with 88.

  2. MB

    Ah, thanks, I’d missed that. Always warms my heart to see other people paying attention to issues like this.

    (Link to referenced DK diary here.)

  3. John Hess

    It doesn’t seem legal for the government to censor this site, that was the whole reason it was founded, and I think the judge is breaking the law! I have written to Governor Arnold’s office to express my concern about the illegal censorship of this very interesting site. I would like to see it back online soon.

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